Ben’s Cat will re­turn to Mary­land Mil­lion

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Ben’s Cat, in the midst of the first four-race los­ing streak of his sto­ried ca­reer, is be­ing pointed to a re­turn trip to the Mary­land Mil­lion Day pro­gram Oct. 22 at Lau­rel Park. Hall of Fame horse­man King Leather­bury, who bred, owns and trains the pop­u­lar10-year-old geld­ing, said he ex­pects to run Ben’s Cat for a sec­ond straight year in the $100,000 Mary­land Mil­lion Sprint at six fur­longs on the main track. “We’re go­ing to go to the Mary­land Mil­lion. I want to sup­port Mary­land Mil­lion Day and I’ve got re­ally no other place to run,” the 83-year-old Leather­bury said. “It’s not on the turf but at least it’s a lit­tle bit re­stricted.” It will be the sev­enth straight year in the Mary­land Mil­lion for Ben’s Cat, win­ner of the Turf Sprint from 2010 to 2012, and sec­ond in the one-mile Turf in 2013 and 2014 and last year’s Sprint. MORE LAU­REL PARK: Me­d­ina, Minn., in­vest­ment banker Dan Flani­gan topped a 51-player field to win horse­tour­ney.com’s The BIG One hand­i­cap­ping tour­na­ment held Sept. 24 and 25 in­side the sec­ond-floor club­house sports bar at Lau­rel Park. Flani­gan, 45, earned $35,200. A live money tour­na­ment for the first time this year, The BIG One of­fered $103,000 in prize money as well as 10 seats to the Na­tional Hand­i­cap­ping Cham­pi­onship, eight seats to the Breed­ers’ Cup Bet­ting Chal­lenge and 10 en­tries to the Horse Player World Se­ries. Ac­cord­ing to horse­tour­neys.com, Lau­rel Park is ex­pected to host The BIG One again in the fall of 2017. Qual­i­fiers will take place start­ing in Jan­uary.

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